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Jack Blatherwick

Tiger’s win at the Masters was all about work ethic

04/18/2019, 9:45am CDT
By Jack Blatherwick, Let's Play Hockey Columnist

There are no miracles, only predictable success from hard work.

The greatest gift

03/22/2019, 10:30am CDT
By Jack Blatherwick, Let's Play Hockey Columnist

Student-athletes are lucky, and the more they appreciate their opportunity as students, the richer their life will be for decades

If I had to do it over, I’d find more praise

03/19/2019, 11:15am CDT
By Jack Blatherwick, Let's Play Hockey Columnist

Building confidence is the single most important task for a hockey coach.

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Play: It’s not just fun

03/12/2019, 12:30pm CDT
By Jack Blatherwick, Let's Play Hockey Columnist

It’s essential for brain development

Strength-efficiency is more important than strength

02/22/2019, 2:00pm CST
By Jack Blatherwick, Let's Play Hockey Columnist

Build strength outside the weight room with highly dynamic exercises that feature balance, flexibility, coordination and explosiveness

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Warmups: Don’t copy the NHL on this one

02/15/2019, 2:00pm CST
By Jack Blatherwick, Let's Play Hockey Columnist

Static stretching on a cold ice surface is counterproductive during warmups.

Gretzky & Einstein

02/08/2019, 1:45pm CST
By Jack Blatherwick, Let's Play Hockey Columnist

Creative geniuses who thought outside the box

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Kick the “bag skate” tradition off the ice

02/04/2019, 10:30am CST
By Jack Blatherwick, Let's Play Hockey Columnist

Stop-start sprints that last longer than 10-15 seconds are counterproductive at all ages.

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Hockey endurance on the slide board

01/10/2019, 11:00am CST
By Jack Blatherwick, Let's Play Hockey Columnist

Slide board workouts should feel just like skating.

Developing athleticism: It’s a project for the CNS

12/13/2018, 10:30am CST
By Jack Blatherwick, Let's Play Hockey Columnist

Challenging the central nervous system (CNS = brain + spinal cord) is the highest priority for young athletes. Metabolic, muscular, and cardiovascular adaptations are byproducts.